SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KTIV) -- Officials in South Dakota say there are now 190 positive cases of COVID-19 tied to an outbreak at the Smithfield pork processing plant in Sioux Falls.
Governor Kristi Noem says the health department is stepping up mitigation efforts at the plant.
In addition, a public health emergency has been declared for Minnehaha County where the plant is located.
The outbreak at the plant accounts for 1 in 3 confirmed cases statewide.
Smithfield Foods plans to close the plant for three days to clean and install barriers.
"It's important to know that this isn't just a single employer concern. We've known and made sure that we have been very transparent of the transfer of COVID-19 within our communities. It's unfortunate that we have seen COVID-19 negatively impact one of our local businesses like this," said Joshua Clayton, South Dakota state epidemiologist.
Noem says Smithfield's actions, so far, are "appropriate" even though workers and their families have protested a lack of action from Smithfield.
PIERRE, S.D. (KTIV) -- South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem is scheduled to hold a news conference Friday at 11:30 a.m. to update the public n the state's response to COVID-19.
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